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Kromeriz Castle

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A: Kromeríž Baroque Bishop's Palace

by Fritz Hanke, 100 meters away

Kromeríž is a Moravian town in the Zlínský kraj of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is th...

Kromeríž Baroque Bishop's Palace

B: Kromeríž Marketplace with Marian Column 2

by Fritz Hanke, 150 meters away

Kromeríž is a Moravian town in the Zlínský kraj of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is th...

Kromeríž Marketplace with Marian Column 2

C: Kromeríž Marketplace with Marian Column

by Fritz Hanke, 180 meters away

Kromeríž is a Moravian town in the Zlínský kraj of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is th...

Kromeríž Marketplace with Marian Column

D: Kromeriz - St.Moritz Cathedral

by Fritz Hanke, 210 meters away

Kromeríž is a Moravian town in the Zlínský kraj of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is th...

Kromeriz - St.Moritz Cathedral

E: Chateau Kromeriz garden

by Pavel Ovsik, 280 meters away

Chateau Garden is the greater of "Archbishop gardens" in Kromeriz city. It is also part of the urban ...

Chateau Kromeriz garden

F: Kroměříž - Church St.John the Baptist

by Fritz Hanke, 360 meters away

Kromeríž is a Moravian town in the Zlínský kraj of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is th...

Kroměříž - Church St.John the Baptist

G: Chateau Kromeriz garden

by Pavel Ovsik, 450 meters away

Chateau Garden is the greater of "Archbishop gardens" in Kromeriz city. It is also part of the urban ...

Chateau Kromeriz garden

H: Hospudka na Schudkach

by Jiri Dvorak, 710 meters away

One famous brewery

Hospudka na Schudkach

I: Kvetna zahrada, Kromeriz

by Jozef Kokes, 930 meters away

Květná zahrada v Kroměříži je významný původní raně barokní park v geometrickém stylu francouzské zah...

Kvetna zahrada, Kromeriz

J: Kromeríž Flower Garden

by Fritz Hanke, 940 meters away

romeríž is a Moravian town in the Zlínský kraj of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is the...

Kromeríž Flower Garden

This panorama was taken in Czech Republic

This is an overview of Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a cool little landlocked country south of Germany and Poland, with a national addiction to pork and beer. Potatos, cabbage, and dumplings are close behind them, and they also have this great bar food called "utopenec." It means "a drowned man," it's pickled sausage with onions, perfect with some dark wheat bread and beer. The Czech bread is legendary, like a meal all by itself.

Czechoslovakia first became a sovereign state in 1918 when it declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The state of Czechoslovakia lasted until the "Velvet Divorce" of 1993, which created Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

It was occupied by Germany in WWII but escaped major damage, unlike most other European cities. The nation's capital, Prague, retains some of Europe's most beautiful Baroque architecture as well as one of the largest medieval castle complexes still standing. The President of the Czech Republic has his offices in the Prague Castle even today.

There was a coup d'etat in 1948 and Czechoslovakia fell under Soviet rule. For fifty years Czechoslovakia was a Socialist state under the USSR, subject to censorship, forced atheism and even the arrest of jazz musicians!

In 1989, communist police violently squashed a pro-democracy demonstration and pissed everybody off so bad that a revolution erupted over it, finally ending the Communist rule.

The next twenty years saw rapid economic growth and westernization. Today in Prague you can eat at McDonald's or KFC, shop for snowboarding boots and go see a punk rock show.

The Czech Republic took over the presidency of the European Union in January 2009. This instantly created lots of political drama because the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, is a renowned Euroskeptic.

We anxiously await the outcome of "President Klaus vs. the Lisbon Treaty", a world heavywieght fight sceduled for spring 2009.

Text by Steve Smith.

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